Dr. Georgia Chronaki

Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB210

+44 (0) 1772 89 4454

Subject Areas: Psychology

Georgia Chronaki is the Co-director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Laboratory at the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Developmental Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychopathology (ADHD, ASD)
  • Event-Related Potentials
  • Emotion and reward processing

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Georgia’s research interests and expertise lie in the interface of Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology. In particular, Georgia’s research aims to understand the electrophysiological markers of emotion and reward processing in children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders with a special focus on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. A related focus of Georgia’s research is the neural basis of vocal emotion processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Georgia works with a number of international partners on the developmental neuroscience of emotion and motivation toward the common mission of increasing resilience and well-being in children and adolescents with mental health problems.

Georgia published an article on The Conversation in August 2017 about the lack of evidence on the psychological needs of children who are intellectually gifted, in reference to the TV programme Child Genius, entitled ‘Gifted children make good TV – but don’t forget their psychological needs’.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychopathology, University of Southampton, 2011
  • MSc., Child Development, UCL Institute of Education, 2004
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, Aristotle University, 2003


  • Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience, University of Central Lancashire, 2015-
  • Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Manchester, Dec 2013- Aug 2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southampton, 2011-2013



Chronaki, Georgia, Hadwin, Julie, Garner, Matthew, Maurage, Pierre and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2014) The development of emotion recognition from facial expressions and non-linguistic vocalizations during childhood. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33 (2). pp. 218-236. ISSN 0261-510X

Chronaki, Georgia, Benikos, Nicholas, Fairchild, Graeme and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2014) Atypical neural responses to vocal anger in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry And Allied Disciplines, 56 (4). pp. 477-487. ISSN 0021-9630

Chronaki, Georgia, Garner, Matthew, Hadwin, Julie, Thompson, Margaret, Chin, Cheryl and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2013) Emotion-recognition abilities and behavior problem dimensions in preschoolers: evidence for a specific role for childhood hyperactivity. Child Neuropsychology, 21 (1). pp. 25-40. ISSN 0929-7049


Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Consortium Leading Adaptive Resilience Research In The Young (CLARRITY)
  • European Network of Hyperactivity Disorders (EUNETHYDIS)
  • International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE)
  • European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN)
  • Southampton Neuroscience Group steering committee (2011-2013)

RESEARCH Activities

Dr. Chronaki overlooks the research activities of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab at the School of Psychology. The programme of research in the DCN Lab encompasses a range of topics and includes a Social and Affective Neuroscience research stream and a Cognitive Neuroscience research stream. More information can be found in the lab’s blog.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Dr. Chronaki contributes to the following programmes of study:

  • BSc in Developmental Psychology
  • MSc in Child Development
  • BSc in Psychology

External Activities

Dr. Chronaki has acted as a referee for a number of grant applications and scientific journals including Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, Biological Psychology, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology.

  • Honorary Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Manchester
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Southampton